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Made By A Fabricista: Let’s Make a Leather Bag

Hi Guys! I’m trying something a little different today.  We are going to make a leather bag.  I was looking around the Fabric Mart website for fabric for my next project and I came across Sue’s Pick.  The fabric choice for that day was this gorgeous black leather fabric. The best part was that the leather was only $20 a piece.  When I received it at home, I couldn’t believe how soft the leather was. I was in love.

First, we are going to make the pattern and then we’ll sew it up.  You are going to need a ruler, pencil, and scissors to draft the pattern.

Purse Pattern

Main Pattern Piece – Cut 2

1. Make a 14 x 16 rectangle.  

2. At the bottom of this pattern piece, you will cut a 2 x 2 square on each side.

3. At the top of this pattern piece, measure in 1” on each side and then measure from that point down to the corner of the cut-out square at the bottom. Cut that piece off.

Pocket Piece – Cut 1

4. Make a 7 x 10 square.

5. Go in ½” at the top and go down 3” on each side. Cut that section off.

Straps – Cut 2

6. Make a 2” x 32” rectangle. 

Cut all your pattern pieces and let’s sew!

Select one of your main pattern pieces to make it the front.  Find the center of your front pattern piece and edge your pocket piece leaving the top open.  Sewn down the middle of your pocket piece to make 2 pocket openings if you like.

With right sides together, use clips to hold your pattern pieces together and sew the 2 sides and the bottom using ¼” seam allowance.

Pin together the bottom corners and sew at ¼” seam allowance.

Turn your bag right side out.

Take your straps and fold them in half and edge stitch down the 2 long sides of the strap or you can glue them closed.  Mark 2 inches at the bottom of each strap and attach it the sides of the bag.  I used glue.

You are all done! You just made a leather bag.

How do you think I did?  I hope you like my bag just as much as I do.  Let me know if you ever get around to making this bag and make sure you keep your eye out on the Fabric Mart site for amazing deals.

Until next time!

JOHANNA @soveryjo  

Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following categories: LEATHER.


  1. This is great!!! Love it!

  2. Thank you Jazz. You inspired me to make a leather bag!

  3. Wow! I love the bag and the shape of it and of the outside pocket. I think it gives it some “personality.” What type of glue did you use to attach the straps? Thanks for sharing

  4. Fabulous bag. This is the first time I recall a Fabricista sew something with Fabric Mart leather. I have purchased so many garment weight leather skins, both smooth and hair on (shearling etc.) from FM over the years. They are always great quality, unique textures and colors, and when they are on sale, the heck with my budget.


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